Globe 4 Globe: Shakespeare & Climate Emergency

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Shakespeare’s Globe has taken the difficult but responsible decision to close our doors to the public until further notice, ceasing performances, education activities and tours.

As you can imagine, this has been one of the hardest decisions we have had to make, but a necessary one as we consider the safety and well-being of both the public, staff and volunteers.

We hope to open the doors to our wooden O as soon as possible – but in this unprecedented time for theatre, and as a charity that receives no annual government subsidy, we are in desperate need of donations to help us to continue to strive in the future.

We ask at this time of huge risk to our beloved theatre that you donate if you can. Any amount, large or small, will be hugely appreciated.

With love, solidarity and thanks to you all from the whole Globe family.

If   when we meet again, why, we shall smile


This major two-day event, co-hosted with the universities of Warwick and California (Merced), gathers experts, activists and theatre practitioners in a vital exploration of the relationships between Shakespeare’s works and the current climate crisis.

As human-made climate change threatens to dissolve the ‘great globe itself’, how can we use Shakespeare to address the most urgent environmental questions of our time?

Co-organised by Katie Brokaw, Paul Prescott and the Research Department at Shakespeare’s Globe, this major two-day event will span a range of pressing topics. Scholars will explore ecological collapse and renewal in Shakespeare’s texts; environmental experts will map out ways in which Shakespearean theatres and festivals can achieve sustainable and ethical futures; theatre professionals will reflect on the capacity of live theatre to change audience perception and behaviour.

Interested in submitting a paper for consideration? Please see our call for short papers.

‘Shakespeare understood the devastating ecological effects of disrupting the delicate balance between nature and humankind. His work stands as both a warning and a beacon of hope during these important and vital times.

This symposium will use Shakespeare’s texts as a catalyst for conversation as we work towards practical solutions and positive action in an effort to bring the Earth and Humanity back into peaceful equilibrium.’

— Michelle Terry




Tickets £25 (£20 Members / Student)

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Running time: Two day event

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